Published at: New Age, March 04, 2019
Apparel exporters on Sunday expressed interest in setting up spinning mills in the US if it gave duty benefits in taking garments made in Bangladesh by using yarns produced in the US mills.
Leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association at a meeting with the newly appointed US ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Robert Miller made the proposal for setting up spinning mills in his country for producing yarns with US cotton.
‘Some of our entrepreneurs are interested to set up spinning mills in the US and they want to know whether they would get any duty benefit from the US in exporting RMG made by yarns produced in the mills,’ BGMEA president Md Siddiqur Rahman told reporters following the meeting.
He said that the BGMEA requested the US envoy to lobby with his government so that Bangladesh businesses got duty benefits for exporting to the US market RMG products made of American cotton and yarns.
‘We have also discussed about the issue of Generalised System of Preferences and labour situation in the readymade garment sector,’ said Siddiq.
He said that BGMEA also expressed interest to start fresh negotiations with the US for restoring GSP facilities for Bangladeshi products as the country fulfilled 15 requirements, out of 16 provided by the US for the restoration of GSP facility.
‘We requested US ambassador to discuss the issue with the newly appointed commerce minister [of Bangladesh] as the envoy said Bangladesh made significant progress in meeting GSP conditions but no evaluation has been taking place for the last two years in this regard,’ the BGMEA president said.
Citing the statistics of labour organisations, the ambassador wanted to know about the recent labour unrest in the readymade garment sector and the termination procedure of more than 11,000 workers from their jobs.
The BGMEA president told the ambassador that the claim of labour organisations was ‘not correct’ and the number of terminated workers would be less than 4,000.
‘We also informed him that the factory owners terminated their workers complying with the relavent sections of Bangladesh Labour Act,’ Siddiq said.